October 2010 Issue

The Veterinary Exam: Schedule It!

This twice-yearly visit is important to your cat’s health.

Luckily, your six-year-old cat, Dottie, has never been sick. Nevertheless, you’ve made a point of taking her to her veterinarian for a routine physical exam twice a year. You’re doing the right thing, says William Miller, VMD, medical director at Cornell University’s Companion Animal Hospital, and all cat owners would do well to follow suit. "It’s a very good idea to have every cat undergo a twice-yearly exam," he says. "This is especially true for geriatric cats — those that are age 10 and older — and for animals that spend time outdoors and are exposed to a host of feline diseases." A thorough checkup should also be obligatory for any new cat that is brought into a household and for kittens when they reach one year of age.

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